GRCC Celebrates World Affairs Council Award with Ambassador Yovanovitch

On Friday, June 24 , members of the GRCC community celebrated with former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch her award of the Vandenberg Prize. Given annually by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, the honor is presented to national or international leaders who have been influential in developing global understanding and collaboration on the world stage.

Pictured below with the ambassador are (left to right): Kate Kryger (Professor of Biology), Rachel Lutwick-Deaner (Assistant Professor of English & Gender Studies), Ambassador Yovanovitch, Kathleen Bruinsma (Board of Trustees), Ashley Fox (Assistant Director of Student Life), and Emily Pain (Assistant Professor of Sociology & Gender Studies).

Also attending the event were: Grant Snider (Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences), Leigh Kleinert (Interim Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences), Bill Faber (Interim Dean of Arts & Sciences), Steve Abid (Foundation Board of Directors & Retired Professor of Economics), Yan Bai (Professor of Political Science), Hillery Haney (Professor of French), Nikki Smith (Professor of Criminal Justice), Evan Macklin (TRIO Program Advisor), Mike DeVivo (Professor of Geography), Suzanna Duba (former US Department of State Intern, US Embassy, Kyiv & GRCC alumna), and Cadey Korson (Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, Massey University of New Zealand & GRCC alumna).

GRCC, as an educational partner of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, hosts the Great Decisions Global Discussion Series, which is considered America’s largest discussion program on world affairs.

Among the speakers featured in 2022 were Fiona Hill, Elizabeth Shackelford and Jennifer Devine. GRCC students, faculty, and staff attend lectures for free. For more information, visit: Home | World Affairs Council of Western Michigan (

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